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We should have this.

The man developed some phenomenal pitchers for this team over the years and while "Coop'll fix 'em" became a meme, at one point it rang very true.

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The best part about the Sox moving on is now we can go back to remembering Coop for the incredible first half of his career, and in particular the work he did in getting 4 starting pitchers to simultaneously have career years in 05. 

There are very few people who contributed more than Coop in bringing us a ring. 

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I will always be thankful for what he did for the bullpen, quintana, and the 2005 crew. Everything else, not so much.

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8 minutes ago, reiks12 said:

I will always be thankful for what he did for the bullpen, quintana, and the 2005 crew. Everything else, not so much.

I mean, he kept Sale elite while still having an arm intact.

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He’ll always have that picture of him and the 4 starters in Anaheim. Can’t take it away from him. He was a good pitching coach for a long time and was a funny interview....sometimes.

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1 minute ago, Quin said:

I mean, he kept Sale elite while still having an arm intact.

Yeah it's crazy how quickly Sale broke down after he left the Sox. 

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3 minutes ago, flavum said:

He’ll always have that picture of him and the 4 starters in Anaheim. Can’t take it away from him. He was a good pitching coach for a long time and was a funny interview....sometimes.

The funniest thing Cooper ever did was his 1 second appearance in that god awful hype video.

1:08 for anyone who has never seen it: https://deadspin.com/comcast-sportsnets-white-sox-intro-video-is-one-of-the-464898838

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Maybe a season or two too late, but he wasn’t holding us back long enough to ruin his legacy. He probably did something positive with Quintana and Sale, and those two having immense value got us our core. Can’t complain too much. Glad he was here before and glad he’s gone now

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Thanks Coop!  Will never have the complete games in a series like 05 again.  That year we also had three different closers.

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Like Hahn said, you don't have a 2-3 decade run with an organization if you don't adapt and do things well. in the beginning coop got a lot of credit and little flack, at the end he got a little credit and a lot of flack. The truth probably is somewhere in between. 

I think it was probably a good time to move on, am thankful for his work, his candidness on podcast with chuck, and an overall B grade job he did for 20 years. I'll take it.

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Good thread.  Coop did so many good things for this organization and I'm thankful for every bit of it.  It was definitely time to move on but that doesn't mean Coop didn't have a great career overall here.

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He even had some positive impacts on the team this year when you look at how many rookie relievers we were able to use in having a great pen this season.

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1 hour ago, Quin said:

We should have this.

The man developed some phenomenal pitchers for this team over the years and while "Coop'll fix 'em" became a meme, at one point it rang very true.

He had a hell of a run as pitching coach.  Maybe his time is up in baseball as the digital era emerges, but as a whole - I will remember Cooper as one being one of the better pitching coaches in the game for a long long time.  Best of luck to you Don & thank you for all the great memories as pitching coach for the Sox!  

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For the record here, RH said in his presser that Cooper was here 19 years.  The next longest PC has been in their job since 2011.  25 of 30 MLB teams have changed PCs in the last 3 years.

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I have always thought Matt Thornton was one of his best reclamation project successes.

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1 minute ago, wegner said:

I have always thought Matt Thornton was one of his best reclamation project successes.

Evan Marshall is an untalked about story from the last couple of years.

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I don't think we would have won in 2005 without Cooper, I will always appreciate what he did for this franchise. I do think its time for a change and the game has passed Cooper on.

I used to like to listen to him at Cork & Kerry on Western in Beverly at his Sunday night shows. He was lots fun on commercial breaks where he would be more open with his comments. The man would drain a full Miller Lite bottle in one swallow during a commercial break, now that is talent!!

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1 minute ago, southsider2k5 said:

Evan Marshall is an untalked about story from the last couple of years.

Too soon after his loss in game 3 to bring up that name :cool:

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Just now, wegner said:

Too soon after his loss in game 3 to bring up that name :cool:

Eh, I won't let a one game sample over run what he did the last two years.  He went from an afterthought of an MiLB signing to one of the key and most important set up guys the team had.

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Just now, southsider2k5 said:

Eh, I won't let a one game sample over run what he did the last two years.  He went from an afterthought of an MiLB signing to one of the key and most important set up guys the team had.

I was just kidding.  I agree that Marshall has been very good and reliable these past two seasons.  The guy I wanted to start that game (Foster) could not find the plate at all when he came in.  Just a very frustrating experience as a Sox fan.  But on to bigger and better things.

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